Why it is

Why it is worth

Preserving umbilical cord blood at birth is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in life. The right to take it gives you the European Parliament Resolution on tissue donation. See what is worth knowing, what is useful, and what are the limitations to make this decision consciously.

What should you know?


80 oncological and hematological diseases

so many diseases are treated by umbilical cord blood stem cells transplantation


autism and cerebral palsy

administration of stem cells brings benefits to patients with these diseases


regenerative medicine

umbilical cord stem cells are widely used in the reconstruction of neurons, joints and bones



the odds of being treated with stem cells in the future

Since we don’t know the future, we can’t be sure what diseases may happen to our relatives. The probability of future stem cell treatment is now at 1:100 and these cells may be used both for the child during whose birth they were harvested, as well as for the siblings and the child's family (with a compatible HLA system). The collection procedure is non-invasive and completely safe for both the mother and the child.

The birth of a child is the only time for harvesting umbilical cord blood and securing the stem cells contained in it. An informed decision about banking is worth your while.

What are the disadvantages?


it's not a cure for everything

despite the growing number of indications, stem cells will not be the proper choice for all diseases


there are costs to be borne

the collection and banking of umbilical cord blood is not reimbursed by the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ), so parents must cover the costs themselves


sometimes it can’t be harvested

there are contraindications for collection, e.g. HIV infection

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